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Major national newspaper looking for patient stories of drug withdrawal

A major national newspaper is looking for people living in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects while trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and / or opioid painkillers. The newspaper is particularly looking for recent stories from those who experienced one or more of the following: You were prescribed the drugs for longer than you should have […]

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Rapid withdrawal and misprescribing of a benzodiazepine leads to £1.35m settlement for Luke Montagu, CEP co-founder

The UK Times Magazine today publishes a long article describing CEP founder Luke Montagu’s terrible experience with antidepressants and sleeping pills: When he was first prescribed these drugs at 19, Montagu was not depressed and had never been diagnosed with depression. He was a student at New York University, and had recently undergone a general […]

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Paul Brett

VIDEO: Paul’s recovery from antidepressants

Paul describes how a virus led to a prescription for Prozac and other antidepressants. He ended up on Effexor and spent over four years in horrific withdrawal from the drugs, leading to the loss of his career and the disruption of almost every other aspect of his life.

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Baylissa Frederick

VIDEO: Baylissa’s journey off clonazepam

Baylissa suffered from dystonia since childhood and was given a prescription for a benzodiazepine called clonazepam in order to minimise a facial tic on her wedding day.  She soon became addicted and subsequently spent three years in withdrawal.  However this terrible experience led to her work as a withdrawal support counsellor and – fully recovered […]

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Ian Singleton

VIDEO: Ian’s recovery and subsequent work for the Bristol Tranquilliser Project

Ian describes how work stress led to a prescription for lorazepam, which he stopped cold turkey in the late 80s. His withdrawal caused many symptoms, including crippling anxiety which lasted over 18 months. He only discovered what was wrong when he visited the Bristol Tranquilliser Project, and has now worked for this organisation for over […]

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Mary Maddock

VIDEO: Mary: a survivor of ECT and decades of psychiatric drugging

Mary had a bad reaction to nitreous oxide which was given to her during the birth of her daughter. This led to multiple drugs and a series of electroshock treatments. After many years Mary decided to come off all her drugs and was overjoyed with her ability to feel and to think clearly once again.

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Rachel Waddingham

VIDEO: Rachel’s recovery from psychiatric labelling and unnecessary treatment

After suffering abuse as a child Rachel began to hear voices while a teenager and went to a psychiatrist for help. Years of hospital and drug treatment followed. However Rachel only recovered once she rejected psychiatry and began to embrace her ‘symptoms’ as a meaningful response to childhood trauma.

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Jo

VIDEO: Jo goes ‘cold turkey’ from 60mg of diazepam

Jo suffered from exam stress at university, which led to insomnia and a prescription for lorazepam from her doctor. After having a bad reaction she was switched to diazepam, and eventually came off 60mg ‘cold turkey’. She went through a horrendous withdrawal experience and still suffers from some symptoms two years later.

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